Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change


A Rubbish Night at the Museum

Thursday, 19 April, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00
Manchester Museum. Oxford Road, M13 9PL

The aim is simple and ambitious. We want to challenge and inspire the universities, councils, businesses, waste authorities and residents to work together to build the intellectual and practical capacity to deal with rubbish.


Mayor Andy Burnham wants Greater Manchester to become a "world leading cleaner and greener city region". Yet visitors and international students compare Manchester with their home cities as they step over filth and rubbish.


As one international student put it in a recent research interview “Maybe this is how British people live”.’


At the event, there will be over 60 displays of photographs, art work, policy quotes, innovation and research findings, including comments from Manchester residents. Thursday evening is the “main event”, where there will be conversations, readings, panel discussions and great food. The displays will remain in place from Friday to Sunday. Food will be served by Real Junk Food Manchester.


Programme schedule:

Main Area:

6.00 - 9.00 Displays and conversations. Drinks from the bar. Tea & coffee.

6.00 - 8.00 Canapes / nibbles / snacks served by Real Junk Food Manchester.

Event Space:

6.00 - 6.30 Displays, canapes, drinks and conversations

6.30 - 6.45 Readings of resident experiences.

6.45 - 7.30 Public and panel discussion: what are the challenges, and what are the solutions? Resident experience and questions will direct and focus the discussion. Invited panel to include a waste/recycling policy maker, researcher, campaigner, and active resident.

7.30 - 8.00 Break: Displays, food, drinks and conversations.

8.00 - 8.35 Discussion: building a shared vision and commitment for ways forward.

8.35 - 8.50 Readings of resident experiences (repeat).


Find out more about the organisers, Upping it, The Manchester Museum, and the UoM Sustainable Consumption Institute.




Although the event is free, booking is required